Wednesday, February 20, 2008
hummingbirds, again

Here are some Hummingbirds....I don't think I have posted these paricular pictures before, and if I have please forgive me.....I say I don't think I have posted them, because when I was looking for something else---A Hawk that was Amazing...I came across these magnificent dear Hummingbirds and thought...I must post them!.....Do click on them to make them bigger...(I sure hope it does make them bigger.....lol) This guy above, was about to lite on that huge Agave Flower Tree that bloomed this past summer.....Isn't he just as cute as he can be? These birds are so Beautiful...so, very very special....I don't know anyone that doesn't love them....Do you? And look at these three dear little guys above....Oh My....This Agave Flower Tree attracted Hummingbirds in droves....I mean I have never ever seen so very many Hummingbirds hovering over one plant----all-be-it a very big plant---at one time.....I am grateful that my camera was able to capture these three at the same moment..... Oh, and this little sweetheart above....He brings tears to my eyes...There is something so vulnerable about him....I cannot explain it...But, he is just so open and striving and reaching for the necter that awaits....He touches my heart....What is it about these birds? Whatever it is, it is something incredibly special. And look at this sweet little Hummer above....Right there at the fountain of this life-giving-delicious necter.....This is what gives them life. This is what keeps them alive and thriving....He sure is dear, isn't he? I don't know about you, but I cannot get enough of these dear sweet beautiful birds....Look at this one, below.... Look at the colors of his feathers....they are so vibrant...! I mean, 'nature' is just astounding in all it's beauty, isn't it....? (Oh, do click on him and see him bigger....) And, above....Another dear sweet vulnerable Hummer, at rest. The truth is, they are very very strong amazing birds....They look so delicate, and they are....But they are also incredibly strong survivors. Look at the amazing colors in this sweetheart, above. This one is going for 'the gold', too.....The 'Gold' being the blooms on this huge flower tree.....This flowering that is a phenomenom that does not happen every year....in fact, it may only happen every ten or twelve or twenty or fifty years, depending on how many of these Agave plants you have in your garden. In the 22 years I've had my garden, this particular Agave has only 'flowered' three times. That is to say, three different Agave's bloomed three times. Because once they bloom, they die. Yes, that's right. Once they bloom, the 'mother' plant dies....Sad, but true. Okay.....Here is what I want to know. How do the Hummingbirds know that this plant is flowering? In this case, that two different Agave's were flowering at the same time.....How do they know this and come in droves? Look at that soft soft dear sweet feathery bird.....I am in love with these amazing special little birds. In Love, I Tell You!




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41 Comments:
had this to say:

Those are just fabulous pictures! Really wonderful. I never have that much luck with hummingbird shots, but you did a remarkable job with these! :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 9:51:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I see two each year, not much for them around my city balcony, yet they seem to stop by. I am known among my family as a "bird whisperer." (Yes,the photos enlarge--fantastic.)
"Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers - a living prismatic gem.... it is a creature of such fairy-like loveliness as to mock all description." ~W.H. Hudson, Green Mansions

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 12:24:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

When you told me that you had posted more Hummingbird pics I just had to come straight on over and see them! As ever your photos are wonderful. The first one in particular is a stunning shot while the others really tell a little story about these busy little birds. I can see why you love them so much and indeed I don't know anyone that doesn't like them. How could they?!

That Agave may only flower once in it's life but what a blaze of glory it goes out in, with these wonderful little birds in attendance, and the bees of course :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 1:57:00 AM PST 

Blogger Bud
had this to say:

Naomi, you are a real pro with that camera...terrific pics. Please let me know when that old record of yours is digitilized.
Hugs, Bud

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 2:06:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

What gorgeous little birds they are. You must have a quick 'shutter' finger to get the little beauties in full flight. Well done.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 3:17:00 AM PST 

Blogger PI
had this to say:

Such a beautiful composition of shapes and colours. I'll bet they say- 'Hey let's go over to Naomi's - she always has a great table.'
Apart from the delicious nectar your garden plants show then off to perfection.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 4:20:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I don't think you posted these picture before; I would've remembered this little guy's colors. I think this is as close as I'll come to a hummingbird, so thanks for sharing. He's an adorable little bird.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 5:05:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Really incredible pictures Naomi! Geez, if I had these birds in my backyard, I would be watching them all the time. Aren't they just beautiful.

PS: thank you for your lovely words about Charlie, they are very much appreciated.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 5:28:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

oh how i love hummingbirds!! One of the perks of when I lived in San Fernando Valley!! They are everywhere ! Fantastic shots Naomi!!!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 5:37:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Great pictures...so wonderful that you have natual food for them whereas I have to put out a feeder and they tend to fly in and out quickly.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 6:43:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Beautiful pictures!

You have such a wealth in your backyard. TY for sharing.

Anne

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 7:24:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Just looking at them makes me smile and feel so much better. I haven't been out of the house in a week and I really miss taking pictures. Everything is cold and grey. Or is that a projection how I feel?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 7:36:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Lovely pictures. We're sometimes visited by a huge moth that behaves just like a hummingbird and is difficult to distinguish from one at full-flit. (I looked it up once, but I forget what it's called.) It's actually kind of disconcerting. "Oh, look at the pretty hummingbird. Wait, is that a bug? Eee-yah...!"

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 7:39:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Your pictures are lovely as usual Naomi!! The little hummers amaze me. They are so remarkable and so cute! They are so tiny and yet they have those long beaks for getting to nectar. Hummingbirds bring so much joy to so many people. They are such fun to watch! Phil's relatives that live out in the country here have about 30-40 come and it's so amazing to just be there and watch them all!!! I'd LOVE to have that many come here!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 8:00:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Naomi do yours live there year round? I am still waiting on mine to return with spring. Last year it was a little late with the horrible frost that hit Florida up through Virginia in early April.

You have a great zoom and or very very steady or you are getting awfully close. Your shots are impressive! You do great work. Who couldn't love those little creatures?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 8:19:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Gorgeous photos -- as always. A friend who lives on one of the islands up here in Puget Sound is just overrun with hummingbirds most of the year. When I was there last, there were a couple dozen flying around us the entire time, and she said that was a small group. She said usually there are 50 or more at a time!! I was simply amazed. They were so beautiful.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 9:02:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Can I just say two things:

Wow... and

Cool.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 9:05:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Lovely lcolourful ittle birds. I put a humming bird feeder up last summer, but didn't see any humming birds until August, and then I saw quite a few. They are so tiny, so perhaps they were visiting all summer and I just wasn't looking at the right time.
Naomi, I have to brag and tell you that my first grandchild arrived yesterday after a long hard struggle! He is a gorgeous, there are some pictures of him on my blog. Do take a look. I know I'm going to have so much fun being Nana to this sweet boy.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 11:10:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

It is amazing what the camera will catch, beautiful as always.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 11:57:00 AM PST 

Blogger VV
had this to say:

Wow. You've outdone yourself on these pictures this time. Absolutely amazing the shots you were able to catch.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 2:54:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

That last photo is amazing! I love the colors and the angle and the whole look of it. It's like a painting with the colors blurred and softened.

Their long, pointy beaks are so neat looking. They use those delicate things to "go for the gold" as you say.

You captured some marvelous shots!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 3:10:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

what such awesome hummingbirds.

the hummingbirds aren't out yet here in slc...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 3:29:00 PM PST 

Anonymous Lyn
had this to say:

I've posted 2 comments over the last 2 days that have not shown up...wonder where in cyberspace they have gone???

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 3:55:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I love the pics! I needed a look at a warm day and beautiful, colorful birds, Thank you!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 5:12:00 PM PST 

Anonymous JC
had this to say:

Those are wonderful shots! Not to detract from yours, you might enjoy this shot I was fortunate to capture:
Hummers mom and babies

Hummers and woodpeckers are my favorites... oh, and eagles :-)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 5:26:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Fantastic photos!!

I always wondered where the little guys go in the winter! We have a few hanging out in the summer time. I love watching them flitter and flutter. Isn't it amazing to think that they have the capacity to travel such huge distances when the seasons change?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 6:08:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I am always amaze how you manage to capture those lovely birds with their speed and grace. You are very talented Naomi when it comes to photography as well!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 7:16:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

WoW....some really beautifully captured shots!

Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 2:17:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Those are really fascinating photos, Naomi! I guess it is so difficult to take photos of the birds, principally hummingbirds!!
You have a bird's paradise on your garden! Well done!

Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 8:53:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I always love it when you post hummingbirds,mainly because we don't have them and I have never actually seen one in real life :)
Have a great Oscar weekend !!
I want a GIFT BAG darn it lol.

Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 1:19:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Naomi, thank you for your comments about my new grandson. He's gorgeous!! I'm so happy. He's already giving Mummy and Daddy sleepless nights and they haven't even left the hospital yet!!

Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 1:24:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Wow! Look at the size of those beaks!

Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 7:12:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Here you are with these delightful hummingbird photos. I never tire of seeing these fascinating little birds.

Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 11:58:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing those. In my part of the world, we seldom see them.

Glad that Michele sent me here to look at those photos today.

Friday, February 22, 2008 at 12:28:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Those are great photos of hummingbirds!! I can't wait to use my new camera and catch some shots of those little beauties myself! My in-laws place usually is visited by 20+ on any given summer day! Looking forward to that!

Hope you are well my friend!

Friday, February 22, 2008 at 9:17:00 AM PST 

Blogger TLP
had this to say:

Wonderful pictures! You are amazing. Love it.

Friday, February 22, 2008 at 11:09:00 AM PST 

Blogger PI
had this to say:

Hi Naomi! Just popped over from Michele's to take a last look at the humming birds before leaving for my son's 49th birthday. Have a good week-end. Back soon:)

Friday, February 22, 2008 at 3:55:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

You know I love it when you share your nature with us - this bird is so exotic to a Norwegian you know!

Wishing you a lovely weekend Naomi :-)

Friday, February 22, 2008 at 7:31:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

They are so pretty - all I get in the backgarden is the odd seagull and some particularly noisy crows.

Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 12:38:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Ah, fellow hummer/bird lovers - something just led me to your site today, and I'm delighted! - hope this will open up some visitor's to my site also - would love to hear from you, especially the bird whisperer- i am in a hummer fly zone near Yosemite, and always have a lot of them, some even winter-over in the snow - come visit me - Patti

Monday, February 25, 2008 at 7:56:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Naomi, you've outdone yourself with these hummingbird shots... I especially like the first one and the one from above, where you can see the glimmer of green and rusty red feathers. Just beautiful!
~S :)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 1:10:00 PM PST 

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